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James Zahn

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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This fall, Sony Pictures' take on Marvel's VENOM thrilled audiences with an over-the-top and highly-entertaining adventure. It was a surprise, but this spin on one of Marvel's most enigmatic, complex, and badass characters fast-became a global hit, and now it's come home for the holidays on Digital, 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, and DVD! Directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland), VENOM features an all-star cast including Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight RisesMad Max: Fury Road), Michelle Williams (The Greatest Showman), Riz Ahmed (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, TV’s “The Night Of”), Jenny Slate (Zootopia) and Woody Harrelson (ZombielandThe Hunger Games franchise). I've already recommended VENOM as a Rock Father-approved movie night title, and now I've teamed-up with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment to serve up a chance for you to win a killer VENOM Prize Pack. One Grand Prize Winner will receive a special Holiday VENOM box - the same kind given out to talent at the recent Venom Block Party in Los Angeles. It includes a VENOM Blu-ray, VENOM Santa Hat, holiday "GingerVenom" cookie, and a custom Paper Foldables VENOM Christmas ornament! One additional winner will receive VENOM on Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Combo Pack plus an Exclusive T-Shirt (size small).

Having listened to dozens (probably more like 200) new holiday songs in putting together my ever-expanding Ultimate Guide to New Release Holiday Music & Movies this year, it's been hard to pick the definitive hit for 2018. That's until now, with the release of "All I Want for Christmas" by Lil Jon featuring Kool-Aid Man. Indeed, it's been a great year for holiday music, and while there's some great songs out there, this one is just an unexpected jam and it's been added to my Ultimate Christmas Spotify Playlist as well. Oh yeah! 

This Holiday Wish Guide™ special feature is sponsored by Universal Brand Development in collaboration with The Rock Father™.

This summer,  the dinosaurs returned, but the park was gone as Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom arrived in theaters to thrill audiences as the fifth chapter in Universal’s ever-evolving Jurassic Park franchise. Now it’s time to bring the adventure home for the holidays with an incredible assortment of new Jurassic World toys and products, available at Walmart!

Funko's Pop! Rocks line has been a favorite of mine this past year, and in 2019 we already have an idea of where things are headed. This week, Funko announced their first-ever AC/DC Pop! Vinyl Figure that presents the band's iconic guitarist, Angus Young, ready to rock in his signature schoolboy uniform. Available for pre-order via my friends at Entertainment Earth, the standard figure features a black suit, while randomly-packed Chase editions feature a blue suit with devil horns and an "A" on the hat. Get yours today!

I don't think I've ever shown my girls a trailer that elicited an "I need to see this!" within maybe three notes of a song... until now. The surprise trailer for a concert film based on Taylor Swift's Reputation Stadium Tour hit the net earlier this week, with the film set to debut as a Netflix exclusive at 12:01am Pacific time on New Year's Eve Day. It'll be a fun way to close the chapter on 2018 as we look ahead into a (hopefully better) 2019. Check this out...

Based on a Sanrio character, Aggretsuko has gained cult status after the anime series made its debut as a Netflix Original earlier this year. Now comes an all-new Christmas special that finds Retsuko (a 25-year-old red panda who copes with her thankless office job and daily frustrations by belting out death metal karaoke after work) seeking some holiday cheer after her new obsession with posting pictures on social media threatens Christmas. Featuring a new rendition of “Jingle Bells”, performed by Tim Timebomb and the Interrupters (featuring RANCID's Tim Armstrong), the special will be streaming beginning December 20, 2018. Check out a trailer for Aggretsuko: We Wish You A Metal Christmas below!

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